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Winter Was Hard

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Track Listing

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1Winter Was Hard Op. 20 (Aulis Sallinen, arr. Kronos Quartet)1:40
2Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight (Terry Riley)8:21
3Fratres (Arvo Pärt)9:23
4Six Bagatelles, Op. 9 (Anton Webern)3:57
5Forbidden Fruit (John Zorn)10:20
6Bella by Barlight (John Lurie)2:47
7Four, for Tango (Astor Piazzolla)4:41
8Quartet No. 3 (Alfred Schnittke)19:06
9Adagio (Samuel Barber)7:09
10A Door Is Ajar (Trad., arr. Kronos Quartet)0:37

News & Reviews

  • Watch: Kronos Quartet Celebrates 40th Anniversary at WQXR's The Greene Space in New York

    Nonesuch Records marked Kronos Quartet's 40th anniversary year with two releases this month: the Kronos Explorer Series five-CD box set and a new album, A Thousand Thoughts. As a highlight of its anniversary season, Kronos was in NYC to perform at Carnegie Hall late last month and was the subject of a marathon stream of music and tributes on Q2 Music, the online new-music station from WQXR. The event culminated in a live, performance by Kronos Quartet from The Greene Space at WQXR, which you can watch here.

  • "Kronos Explorer Series" Box Set & "A Thousand Thoughts" Out Now on Nonesuch Records

    Nonesuch celebrates Kronos Quartet, long known as interpreters of music from around the world, in its 40th anniversary year with two releases: Kronos Explorer Series, a box set of five classic albums from five different parts of the world, and A Thousand Thoughts, a new album that looks at Kronos’s geographically wide-ranging sources, featuring music from 14 different countries. Both are out today in North America (international release April 21). Kronos continues its anniversary celebration at the Switchboard Music Festival in its hometown of San Francisco this Saturday.

About this Album

Kronos draws from a remarkable range of composers, including Arvo Pärt, Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, John Lurie, John Zorn. USA Today called it “the most inviting collection of 20th-century music in a long time, easily Kronos' most cohesive album.”


Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello
San Francisco Girls Chorus (1)
Elizabeth Appling, director
Earl L. Miller, reed organ (1)
Christian Marclay, turntables (5)
Ohta Hiromi, voice (5)

Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet (1-4, 6-10)
Recorded November 1987 at Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA
Engineer: John Newton
Track 1 recorded January 1988 at St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA
Engineers: Howard Johnston and John Newton
Track 5 produced by John Zorn
Recorded September 1987 at Russian Hill Recording, San Francisco, CA, by Howard Johnston, and at Metal Box Studio, Tokyo, Japan by Ono Seigen
Mixed September 1987 at CBS Roppongi Studio, Tokyo, Japan by Ono Seigen
Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig

Art direction and design: Kosh
Cover photograph: Michele Clement

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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